No Early Return For Butler

Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler had the cast removed from his broken right hand Monday and was told to avoid contact for a week to 10 days.

Even before Butler’s cast was replaced by a splint, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan ruled out having the All-Star back for the team’s first-round playoff series against Cleveland.

“He is not in our plans, right now — not as a player,” Jordan said after practice Monday. “If we get deeper in the playoffs, possibly, but not in the first round.”

Asked whether there’s any chance Butler could face the Cavaliers, Jordan said: “To me? No. Not to me.”